L to R (btm): Ralph David Abernathy,III; Juanita Abernathy; Richard Rose; Christine King Farris; Antavius Weems; Jasmine Guy
L to R (2nd): Myrtle Davis; Martin Luther King, Sr.; Herman Russell; Donald Hollowell; Keisha Lance Bottoms
L to R (top):Leroy Johnson; Martin Luther King, Jr; Ralph David Abernathy; Andre Dickens
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been jailed at Reidsville for a very low-level offense, and Reidsville is one of our high security prisons. So that in itself was suspect. But Attorney Donald Hollowell (a Collier Heights resident, and the neighbor across the street from Dr. King, Jr's parents, Rev. & Mrs. Martin Luther King, Sr, also a resident of Collier Heights) utilized his legal brilliance, and used the law as the tool for social justice in getting that conviction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., overturned. And then flew to Reidsville, along with Dr. Ralph David Abernathy (a Collier Heights resident) to have Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., freed, and walked out of Reidsville with him. That was a very powerful portrayal of two of the great leaders.
— Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore,
Fulton County Superior Court
Collier Heights is a historic neighborhood in the northwest corner of Atlanta, Georgia. It is bordered to the west by Fairburn Road, the east by Hamilton E. Holmes Drive, the north by Donald L. Hollowell Parkway, and to the south by Interstate I-20 bridge at Linkwood Road.
Founded in 1948, the Historic Collier Heights community boasts several famous and history making homeowners, such as Martin Luther King, Sr; noted Civil Rights Attorney Donald Hollowell; Ralph David and Juanita Abernathy; and Christine King Farris. Collier Heights is also home to several prominent figures, such as U.S. Congresswoman and Presidential nominee from the Green Party, Cynthia McKinney; television actor Emmanuel Lewis from the "Webster" television series; Georgia House of Representative Member, BIlly McKinney; Attorney and former State Senator, Leroy Johnson; television actress Jasmine Guy from Diff'rent World; prominent celebrity Attorney Antavius M. Weems; and Asa G. Yancey, one of the first African American doctors in Georgia. Herman Russell, Contractor and civic leader. As one of the only African American communities in the Nation protected both locally and Nationally, Collier Heights is actually the 1st historic African American Atlanta community. Historic Collier Heights is not an HOA community, however, has been successful in maintaining its strength and strong property values throughout the years
It is one of the first communities in the nation built exclusively by African-American planners for the upcoming Atlanta African-American middle class and has been featured in several national publications such as Ebony and Jet magazines, as well as featured in the “Homefinder” section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In 2008, led by famed Attorney, Antavius Weems, its then President, Collier Heights began its quest to become the first community in the nation to be registered as a Historic Site, listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. On June 23, 2009 the community achieved its goal. The community achieved local historic designation in June 2013.
Historic Collier Heights
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
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